Wojtek Kozielski wrote an opening note for this album:
“First, it was all about the overwhelming energy making me dance like crazy when I saw Soulside live in May, 1989. They played Palacyk, a local student union club in Wroclaw, Poland, and the band made it there shortly before the first free parliament election, which itself eventually brought the Solidarity movement to power. It was part of the group’s European tour and they were one of the first from the west touring Poland on an independent basis. The day before, they’d played an illegal show in East Berlin. It was really heartwarming to see people who, regardless of the expenses, came to Eastern Europe and play low-key for people who couldn’t understand a word they were saying. Thirty years ago, my English was also piss-poor, but I was already fluent in the language of hardcore punk. Their sharp riffs, pounding rhythms and catchy tunes had a profound impact on me, and in many ways fuelled my imagination. Somehow, it helped me to define my cultural stance, often being described DIY punk.
Thirty years later, I was really amazed after reading the band’s statement that the European tour changed their lives and that they got more from it than they gave. At the end of the day it’s great to see that influences can go both ways.
This album catches that beautiful spirit of ’89 at its best. Enjoy!”
Almost 30 years later Soulside sounds like this: